'Over the moon excited' is how Mary Jo describes her feelings about joining Own The Room. In fact, nothing makes Mary Jo more exhilarated than helping leaders elevate their communication skills and watching them grow into successful speakers and leaders. She believes having the chance to be heard is an enormous gift—one too good to pass up—and she channels this passion into helping others succeed.

A graduate of Penn State University, Mary Jo is founder and CEO of UP Business Communications, a training company that transforms how individuals, teams and companies tell stories and give presentations. She is also a Columbia University trained Executive Coach. Prior to UP, she had a successful 25-year career in advertising and media, having held senior management positions at Mom365, BabyCenter and The Weather Channel, among others. She also sits on the Board of MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique Association.

A native New Yorker, and middle child of nine, Mary Jo currently resides in South Carolina with her husband. She is a health enthusiast, loving all things nutrition and fitness focused—cooking, entertaining, and exercising.

"I loved our conversation and got a ton of valuable information / insight into my wants and needs as far as employment.  Thanks for helping me to better explore "who I am, what I need and how to get there"." 
"FANTASTIC insights! She gave me some of the most valuable feedback of the entire session!"